Death was interesting. That was all that Josiah could say about it. Though, he wasn’t really dead. Instead he was stuck in between, awaiting a day that he was sure by now would never come. Though how long was too long when there was no concept of time where he was at? It had no name, but he had come to call it just what it was, the In Between. For most who were here, there souls had yet to find a place heaven or hell and in rare occasions on Earth as a form of reincarnation. For the others, the unlucky few like Josiah, you just remained here, wandering and hoping one day you would find your purpose. It was scary though, not really sure of where you’d go and forever wondering exactly what decision you made in your life that would lead to such a result. For Josiah he knew very well where his fate lied, as soon as his time came. When that would b, he had no clue.
“She’s up! She’s up!” Josiah looked over to find Tiffany, a fourteen year old girl who had gotten her hands on her father’s pain medication after a terrible night at a party. A tale that haunted her still, even in this part of her life. He often wondered if she regretted her decision, but each day she greeted him with a smile. She placed her mask back on, something they had adopted as a sense of identity, something to make this place not seem so dark. Josiah ran his hands through long dark strands of hair, before reaching for his mask, a black one.
“Where are the others?” Josiah asked as he stood up to his full height, walking over toward the door of his cabin.
“Recovery,” Tiffany whispered. He nodded, most of the souls had yet to learnt the ways of the forest. He knew he couldn’t really mourn them, for they were gone completely now.
He followed the lit trail through the forest toward the newest cabin which had been prepared before her arrival. They sprouted up like flowers, Josiah knew not how, but they did and when you opened the door, you entered a small cabin suitable for one person, the newest of the sort of living, peacefully lying in bed.
“Can I come this time?” She asked. He looked over his shoulder down at Tiffany. He gave her a small smile and motioned for her to follow him, before opening the door.